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December 12, 2018

On Advent Calendars, Expectation, and Alligators

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The boys usually squabble about whose turn it is to open the advent calendar; the boys usually squabble about most things. It was the turn of our youngest to open it this morning. “Oh, wow,” he said, when he had managed to rip the door open. “What...

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October 24, 2018

The Meaning of Life

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The other night I was leaning on the estate fence up above the vineyard, listening to the sound of the wind through the pines and watching the vines shake. It was warm in spite of the wind and I could feel the whole fence wobble slightly when a...

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September 12, 2018

Christians Don’t Throw Acorns (And Other Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Bruderhof)

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You will most definitely not experience any kind of retreat on a stay at the Bruderhof. There will not be hushed voices in the breakfast room with sunlight filtering through the hanging geraniums, people padding over the carpet in stocking feet. No...

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August 8, 2018

Shiny Happy People: The Myth of the Perpetually Joyful Christian

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Our family made a clay oven last Sunday. I’m not going to give a blow by blow, death-by-exposition account of how we did it, or try to convince you to do this as a bonding experience with your family because, like all of our “family projects” most...

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